Hopping into a car that isn’t yours may seem harmless. However, it can have life-changing consequences if you end up charged under Tahlequah, Oklahoma unauthorized use of a motor vehicle laws. You can be punished even if you return the vehicle after only a few minutes or hours of use. If you’ve been charged, contact an experienced Tahlequah attorney today.
Defining Oklahoma Unauthorized Use Of Motor Vehicle
In Oklahoma, it is illegal for:
- a person not entitled to possession of a vehicle
- without the consent of the owner and
- with the intent to deprive the owner, temporarily or otherwise, of the vehicle
- to take, use, or drive the vehicle.
Essentially, it is a crime to drive another person’s car without their permission under Oklahoma law. This is true even if you’ve previously used the car with their permission.
Okla. Stat. tit. 47 § 4-102
Possible Penalties In Oklahoma
This crime is a felony in Tahlequah.
If found guilty of the crime of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a defendant may spend a year or more in prison. A defendant may also have to pay considerable fines or restitution to the car’s owner.
Free Consultation: Tahlequah Criminal Defense Lawyer
Being charged under Oklahoma unauthorized use of a motor vehicle laws can result in time behind bars and financial setbacks.
If you or someone you know is faced with this charge, please contact a Tahlequah criminal defense lawyer to discuss your available legal options.
For a free consultation, call Wirth Law Office – Tahlequah at 918-458-2677.
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